Date: Tue, 6 Jun 1995 10:36:10 -0400 From: AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM Subject: Re: a while/awhile ?? The best explanation, as usual, is to be found in the Merriam-Webster _Webster's Dictionary of English Usage_. The reason this puzzles editors is that the forms are used interchangeably, despite the prescription that adverbially it should be one word, as a noun phrase two words. _WDEU_ gives the full story. - Allan Metcalf